Archives for November 2013
I absolutely love the Christmas Season. But I hate the business, bustle, and hassle.
Christmas is the time of year when we get to focus fully on the birth of our Lord and Savior, and I always became frantic right after Thanksgiving while I was scurrying to get everything set for our family traditions.
A few years ago I was reflecting on a friend’s tradition of decorating before Thanksgiving. Like you, I thought she was crazy… so I asked her about it.
“I love Christmas and want to enjoy every minute of the season in a restful state. (Or as restful as is possible). I decorate before Thanksgiving so I can simply enjoy every single day.”
So a few years back I tried it. I did not even tell my husband my crazy plan. He left for work on the Monday before Thanksgiving and walked back in the door in the evening to a decorated home.
He loved it.
I was excited and he was able to simply enjoy the holidays without a longer list of things to do on the weekend. It saved him work and helped me get into the spirit earlier. So it became our tradition.
Ok, it is really my tradition. I love sprinkling “fairy dust” and transforming the house while he is at work. This would not work for us if my hubby loved the process of decorating, but he does not so it works for us.
I love taking the week of Thanksgiving to decorate for Jesus’ season. It sets my heart right.
So I am one of those people.
I put my tree up on Monday.
String the lights on the tree and set up my decorations, like my Christmas village by Tuesday.
String the lights on the outside of the house by Wednesday.
Enjoy the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays from Thanksgiving week to the New Year.
It works for us!
How about you?
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I have taught 5th and 6th grade 7 years total now, (3 years in the classroom, plus 4 of my own kids so far) and I can tell you that many kids struggle with the divisibility rules.
- You now, things like “A number is divisible by 9 if the sum of all the digits equals a number is divisible by 9”. Easy? No? Fear not.
These rules are very important when kids need to reduce fractions, so I got creative.
I made 14 Divisibility Games and Activity Pack to help you reinforce divisibility. (I am giving a copy away to one of my lucky readers. Enter below)
My boys love the pack.
Actually, each time I pull out an activity they help me create a new one. We are now up to 14 fun activities:). You can visit my store to get your own copy. It is only on sale until 11/14/2013.
Here is my 6th grader doing the color by divisibility activity. He loved that when you colored the numbers a picture emerged.
What will you get in this 37 page activity pack? Let me share the table of content with you:
Divisibility Word Search
Divisibility Word Search-Key
Match the Vocabulary Worksheet
Match the Vocabulary Worksheet-Key
Divisibility Rules numbers 2, 5, and 10
Divisibility Rules numbers 3, 4, 9
Divisibility Rules numbers 6, 7, 8
Divisibility Tic Tac Toe
Large Color Number Cards for Tic Tac Toe and BINGO!
Large B/W Number Cards for Tic Tac Toe and BINGO!
Tic Tac Toe Board
Divisibility BINGO Boards
Small Bingo Number cards
Divisibility Quick Guide/answers for BINGO
Graphing the Winner Template-Use with Games
Find Hidden Symbol- Divisible by 5
Find Hidden Symbol- Divisible by 5-Key
Find Hidden Symbol- Divisible by 9
Find Hidden Symbol- Divisible by 9-Key
What’s the Divisibility Drill Worksheet
What’s the Divisibility Drill-Key
What’s Your Divisibility Worksheet
What’s Your Divisibility Worksheet Key
Divisibility Quick Reference
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My kids have always been really into make-believe and role-playing.
Look at this cool play station!
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You name it, they have it.
Excellerations™ Jumbo Lacing Beads – 36 Pieces
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Inside: Real solutions for the Frustrated homeschooler
Right after you find the baby decorated her wall with her diaper contents, your homeschooler needs help with math.
You begin to cry.
It’s your husband calling to ask you to run a few errands in your free time today.
You cry some more.
So you cry again and pour cold cereal for dinner.
I bump into home-school moms all the time who are frustrated.
Are you one of them?
We, moms, worry about not being able to do it all. Don’t we?
This is my current favorite!!!
What a fun way to allow your children to learn all about the the face of an analogue clock! This multi-sensory clock face has all the fundamental topics you will need to address reading an analogue clock. I love that it even has the “half past”, “quarter past”, and “quart to” phrases!
You have to trust me on this one.
Your kids will love plain blocks!
This is the opitome of the classic toy.
My boys build towers, castles,
obstacle courses, and traps using
Isn’t this the sweetest?
My boys have outgrown their play-set days.
(I was forced to say that under duress.
They will still break out cool toy sets
and make believe, especially on
Shape Sorting Cube
My second oldest son loved this toy when he was a baby! Sturdy, brightly colored, and loads of fun. My kids absolutely LOVED shape sorters.
Honestly, I do not think anyone can do much better than Melissa and Doug toys. They are some of the highest Quality toys available for our kids and grandchildren. (No, I do not have grandchildren yet, but someday I will:))
What is your favorite Melissa and Doug Toy?